The creation of shared value in the major sport event ecosystem: understanding the role of sponsors and hosts

David Cook, Rui Biscaia, Karolos Papadas, Lyndon Simkin, Libby Carter

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Research question: Building on the growing demand for organisations to generate both economic and social value, this study explores the creation of shared value (CSV) by major sport events (MSEs) and their sponsors. 

Research methods: Semi-structured interview data were collected from multinational, senior industry practitioners with a sponsorship remit. Template analysis was employed to generate a model of shared value creation that extends prior literature. 

Results and findings: Findings indicate that sponsors and MSEs can utilise organisational capabilities, consistency and cultivation to create shared value. This process is boosted by a symbiotic relationship between MSEs and sponsor(s). The length of sponsorship also affects positive outcomes arising from CSV by a number of additional actors within the ecosystem, including host citizens, athletes, and consumers. 

Implications: This study posits a model that advances the concept of CSV and its application within the context of MSEs. It contributes to developing enduring sponsor-MSE relationships aimed at creating a lasting footprint with a range of actors within their ecosystem. Also, the study provides nuanced insights for practitioners and academics about the importance of CSV.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)811-832
JournalEuropean Sport Management Quarterly
Issue number3
Early online date27 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2023


  • actor engagement
  • Creation of shared value
  • major sport events
  • service ecosystems
  • sponsorship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management


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